This means that consular officers can’t screen out obvious gang members, petty criminals, or thugs with numerous arrests, but no convictions.
Applicants also must undergo a medical examination by an embassy-approved local physician.
The interviews give consular officers the opportunity to verify that American petitioners have the financial means to support their spouses so that they won’t become public charges in the United States.
Applicants are subject to an FBI criminal background check and must provide a local police certificate verifying that they have no criminal background.
Yet there have been few truly in-depth examinations of this topic, partly because the issue is difficult to discuss without offending legitimate international spouses.
Also, if an applicant has a criminal history, but hasn’t been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, he or she is still eligible to immigrate to the United States.
This Backgrounder seeks to answer the opposite question: “Why do they love us?
He served as a consular officer in Skopje, Macedonia, from 2002-2004; Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 2004-20055; and Budapest, Hungary, from 2006-2007. ” was hotly debated in the American media without any real conclusion ever being reached.
Since 1998, more than 2.3 million foreign nationals have obtained green cards through marriage to American citizens.
(See Tables 1 and 2.) Nearly a million more have obtained green cards through marriage to LPRs.